A lot has happened since I wrote this column a week ago. Hurricane Harvey paid us a visit, and you know the rest. I’ve added some updates throughout. I hope you’re reading this from the comfort of your dry home!
Markets or “pop-ups” seem to be a thing now, several popping up each month. Many proclaim they have farmers, too – that’s the golden fleece of today’s pop-up it seems.
There is a limited number of farmers and markets they can attend and even fewer that practice sustainable farming.
The Farm Stand at Petrol Station, founded many years ago in Garden Oaks is located at 938 Wakefield Dr., next to the new Great Heights Brewing Company. The market is open every Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This neighborhood market is a destination spot with fresh coffee, tacos and tasty locally grown produce all in one place.
Sustainable farming is explained simply on the Stand’s Facebook page, “That a farmer uses organic or natural fertilizers and pesticides to grow plants from non-genetically modified seeds for more than three years but is not certified to Texas Department of Agricultural or the US Department of Agriculture.”
In other words, it’s real, it is fresh and it is delicious! No “greenwashers” here. (Look that one up.)
This is a small market and it’s been around for several years. It serves as a community gathering spot, to get news and visit the old fashioned way, face to face. Their new host, Great Heights Brewing Company is also open.
Petrol Station, the Farm Stand’s namesake is down the street at 985 Wakefield and is a craft beer lover’s paradise with amazing burgers and fries. It’s in an old remodeled gas station, open at 11 a.m on Saturdays so plan your trip accordingly, you’ll love it.
Now after Hurricane Harvey – I spoke to market manager, Charles “Mickey” Morales for an update, and good news, The Farm Stand at Petrol Station will be open Saturday.
Farmer Cathy will be there and Morales told me he will be serving up his signature breakfast tacos.
“The farmers have been devastated by Harvey – crops lost, chickens drowned or killed by predators,” Morales wrote in a Facebook update on Wednesday.
Get out there and support them this Saturday!
First Saturday Arts Market returns to daytime hours and will be open this Saturday, September 2.
I’ve decided to keep the First Saturday Arts Market open Saturday for normal hours. We want to provide a break from the mayhem and help out too. The market will be a drop-off location for Harvey donations.
The Heights Pages Magazine will collect donations for shelters. Clothing donations should now be limited to plus sizes, new underwear in all sizes, travel sized toiletries, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products and dry shampoo.
The Houston chapter of Real Beauty Real Women will collect funds and have some blingy products for sale. 100% of proceeds will go towards nicer cosmetics and toiletries for women in the shelters. Nice!
This will not be our normal market, many of the artists can’t make it because of the flooding. Sadly, the mix included flooded homes, closed airport and even being stranded on a cruise. I wonder what that’s like?
To allow the displaced artists a chance to setup, the market will be open again on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The market is next to 540 W. 19th St., future home to Flossy Dental Studio. Find the rundown of art, food, drink and music on the website. 1stSatArtMarket.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com